The citizen. (Honesdale, Pa.) 1908-1914, July 27, 1910, Image 1

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hflgVayne County Organ
Semi-Weekly Founded
k 1908
Weekly Founded, 1844 J
of the S
67th YEAR.
NO 59
Woman Believ
ed To Have Put
Pick Into Sike
Lord's Head
Held Without
Bail as Result
of Coroner's
inby Constable
day Night.
As the result of the coroner's in
quest held Monday In Bleck's hotel
at Equlnunk, Leona Lord, the
woman who, according to William
Lord, a son of the victim, hit Silas
E. Lord In the head with a pick,
was ordered held without ball. She
had been out on bonds of $1500,
but these by Justice Kordman's
orders were cancelled and the wom
an was taken by Constable James
W. Harford on a warrant issued by
the Justice and lodged In jail at
Honesdale at S o'clock that night.
Mrs. Lord took her arrest coolly.
She had been expecting It. She and
-the officer left Equlnunk at 4 and the
ride to Honesdale ' took four hours.
S3, falked,litUa4flji the way dowj.,
The coroner's jury Daniel Hall',
Henry Stelnbrucker, Cain Lord, C.
"E. Woodmansee, J. Waldren Farley
.and Isaac Lord returned the ver
dict "that Silas E. Lord came to his
death by reason of wounds In his
head made by a pickaxe and a hoe,
and that one of said wounds made
.a hole in the skull and penetrated
the brain, and that said wounds
were administered by Samuel W.
Reed and Leona Lord with malice
The fight and the hoe and pick
wounds took place July 12. That
was a Tuesday. Slke Lord died Sun
day afternoon at 3. He was a dy
ing man from the moment ho got
the pick blow. Dr. P. C. Frlsbie,
who attended the case with all dili
gence, knew that. William Lord
and Floyd Lord, the sons of Slke,
knew It. but the family naturally
hoped against hope. The trepanlng
of the skull, an operation In which
Dr Frlsbie was helped by Dr. F. J.
Woolsey of Hancock, did not bring
relief and Slke sank steadily to tho
end, which came peacefully, with
his wife, sons and daughter at the
The Inquest at the hotel took all
day. Coroner H. B. Searles, District
Attorney M. E. Simons, Sheriff M.
Lee Braman and Photographer J. A.
Bodle went up from Honesdale, leav
ing here in Mr. Braraan's swift team
at 4.30 in the morning. They got
there at 8 and ate breakfast-at tho
hotel and stretched their legs before
getting down to business at 9.
There were four witnesses examin
ed and their quizzing by the dis
trict attorney and tho coroner last
ed until tho middle of the day.
These witnesses were William, son of
Slke, who was fighting with Millard,
son of Leona, In the ditch tho day
of the fatal affray; Elizabeth, the
invalid widow of Slke, Dr. Frlsbie
and Mrs. Denlo. Their evidence
tho district attorney firmly wltheld
from the newspapermen when they
-called on him this morning at 9
o'clock In his office In the courthouse
here. Ho handed them the type
written copy of the Jury's finding and
told them, politely but stoutly, that
this was all they would get today.
The three scribes were Mr. Simons'
first callers. The prosecutor hadn't
got his mall nicely opened when
they showed up. They were not or
dinary newschasers that advanced
(Continued on Page 'Eight).
C. C. Jadwln, who has gotten this
early rising business right down, line,
showed up at his store a little ear
lier than usual Monday morning. He
was out to get signers for his peti
tion asking the council to put nn
arc light at the corner of Main and
Eighth streets, at the angle of Mr.
Jadwln's property. Before G o'clock
he had put four names on the paper.
Between C and 7 he got four more
and the game was going finely
by 8.
"I'm sick of this peanut business
on the doorstep," said Mr. Jadwln.
"It Isn't a Joke any longer. It's gone
too far. Every morning I have to
sweep a carload of peanuts off those
steps and I'm too old a man to be
doing that. (He's 7C.) Turn on
the light and that will put a stop to
the peanuts and the spooning."
The ex-congressman smiled out
loud and stood a little stralghter
than usual which Is standing some.
"I'll get 'em!" he said, and then
another man, a Main street business
man,. was escorted to the desk to
work a fountain pen on the Jadwln
The Aug. 7 meeting of the coun
cil will consider It.
Htf'GEORGH1 VAN LUVAN 'ISJTiie I? splendid stretch of
George Van Luvan of Torrey, who
has been drinking too much of late,
was before Justice Robert A. Smith
Monday morning, charged by his
wife, Catherine Van Luvan, with
pounding and thrashing her and
their baby, as well as with threaten
ing to kill the two of them.
Mrs. Van Luvan called 'on Justice
Smith a week ago and made her
complaint, but her husband Just
then straightened out a bit and
promised to do better. He didn't
keep his word. Mrs. Van Luvan
came to Honesdale again to see Jus
tice Smith and Sunday morning early
Sheriff Braman had Van Luvan
brought In.
Van Liiivan was very penitent
when brought Into the justice's of?
lice. He hugged and kissed his wife
and begged her to forgive and for
get their past troubles. That didn't
work. She remembered his blows
and the names ho had called her.
"Such a man as you are ought to
be punished," said Justice Smith.
"I'll hold you In ?200 bonds for tho
August court."
Van Luvan cried and kissed his
wife again, and then he was taken
over to jail.
Walter Beck and Arthur Fnss
hauer are today throwing out their
chests and wearing "the smile that
never comes off" because they havo
had conferred upon them by their
wives tho proud degree of "Daddy."
c A Ml iiri
News SnAnshnts l'resIIent Taft 18 cruising along the Mnlne coast on tho U. 8. 8. Mayflower. A. deal supervised by Lawyer Samuel Untermeyer,
JoJiiuia backed by tho English engineer Sir Wectman Pearson, whereby oil land worth millions la being secured In Oklahoinu, may
Of the Week navo for ltB VarPso 010 fighting tho oil trust Italy has reported tho Leaning Tower of Pisa as being In danger of col
lapsing. New Jersey Democrats have asked Woodrow Wilson, Priuceton's president, to become a candidate for governor.
Indictments ugainat Governor B. F, Carroll Of Iowa for criminal libel. Grand Trunk railroad, of which Charles M. Hays la president, Is lighting tho strike
which has affected the entire system. Search is being made for Dr. Haw ley IL Crippen, accused of murdering' his actress wife. Belle Elmore, in Loudon.
A Philadelphia special says:
Chairman Henry 'F. Walton of the
Republican state committee and Re
corder of Deeds William S. Vare,
who made the notification speech,
and others who went from Philadel
phia Sunday got back from Pitts
burg, where John K. Toner, nominee
for governor, and his colleagues on
the Republican state ticket were
formally advised of the action of the
Harrlsburg convention. They agreed
In declaring the occasion to have
a pronounced success.
"There Is reason for general con
gratulations," said Chairman Walton,
"over the enthusiasm evinced at the
notification of the state candidates of
the Republican party and the large
number of active Republicans from
every section of the state In attend
ance at the ceremonies. From per
sonal contact with some of the best
informed men In the state, I am safe
In predicting that there will bo an
unprecedentedly large vote polled
for the Republican state ticket this
fall. The party is harmonious and
the candidates are men who will ap
peal to the voters of every class. Mr,
Tener has made for himself a plat
form such as any business man with
patriotism and public spirit would
favor, and upon every hand It Is
manifest that the people have con
fidence in his sincerity and ability to
do what ho proposes."
Recorder of Deeds Vare gave a
dinner of 30 covers In Pittsburg at
the Hotel Shenley Saturday evening,
to which the candidates on the state
ticket, Mayor Magee. State Chair
man Walton and others of promin
Claimed Contractors Didn't Finish
It Up According to Specifications.
state road extending from beyond
Gouldsbero to Halgs' Mill In Dreher
township. The people appreciate
the road, but they are considerably
dissatisfied at the Incomplete man
ner In which the contractors did
their work. There Is a lot of mur
muring, also, over the dilatory ac
tion of the authorities In not com
pelling the contractors to properly
finish the job.
The 12-foot roadway was finished
up In good shape and the three feet
on each side was properly arranged,
but the ditch work on each side and
tho sloping back of the embank
ments, as per specifications, have
been sadly neglected and are very
unsatisfactory. In many places
there Is no ditch; In other places the
bank has washed down, filling tho
dltcheg. This could not have hap
pened If the banks had been graded
back, as called for by the specifica
tions. In several places It Is noticed that
the water has been pushed over onto
tho road and Is already disintegrat
ing tho roadbed. In other places
trunks of trees or large rocks have
been left where the ditch should
have been. Failure to do this work
properly is diverting the drainage
over onto the road and causing
damage to a road which has cost
the taxpayers a lot of money.
Somebody should get after High
way Commissioner J. W. Hunter and
have him put the contractors back
onto tho Job, and compel them to
finish their work in a satisfactory
manner, In accordance with tho
ence on the committee of notifica
tion were invited.
Independent Convention Plans.
Managers of the Independent par
ty are perfecting plans for their state
convention, which will be held In
Wltherspoon hall In Philadelphia
They are receiving reports from
tho various counties and making up
their list of delegates. There has
been little attempt to have It ap
pear that the convention Is to be a
body of representatives chosen by
the people.
The facts are that In most cases
the delegates are being selected by
men Identified with the old Lincoln
party or the GIbboney interests In
this city or the William Fllnn fol
lowing In Allegheny county, with a
few disgruntled Democrats, picked
up here and there.
The convention is expected to
come out unequivocally in favor of
local option, and this will be made
probably the paramount Issue of the
The GIbboney following will also
support a demand for a constitution
al convention, and In this they will
be backed by the Granger element,
under the leadership of ''Farmer"
Should GIbboney be nominated for
governor, which his friends declare
to be assured, many Philadelphia In
dependents will decline to support
the ticket, as they say GIbboney
should retire In favor of someone
who has not figured as a perennial
candidate for office.
Legal Steps Follow Bad Runnway
Accident on Main street.
Anna May Fives, the little 7ung-
stec'frbm Pleasant Mount who was
so badly hurt In a runawaf'accldent
on Main street two months ago, has
brought suit by her father, William
B. Fives, against the Auto-Transportation
company. Chester A. Gar
rett Is the plaintiff's lawyer.
The little girl was in her father s
wagon and the horse was tied In
front of Meyer's restaurant when
tho auto came up the street with
curtains flapping. The Fives horse,
frightened, reared and broke away.
He ran down the street and when
opposite the depot the little girl was
flung out. Her head struck a tree,
and from the tree she bounded to
the sidewalk, where she landed on
her head and was rendered uncon
scious. The horse kept on and turned
around In front of tho Western
Union office. He finally threw tho
wagon ngalnst a stone post, with the
result that the wagon was reduced
to kindling wood.
Anna May was laid up as tho re
sult of her hard bumps on tho head
and Mr. Fives had to buy a new
wagon. The suit Is the outcome.
The declaration had not been filed
Frank Farnhnm, who has two
good fingers, not more, on his right
hand, was going over his lawn with
a sickle when his thumb and fore
finger were suddenly prostrated by
an attack of writer's cramp and tho
pain and discomfort made the Inven
tor quit his mowing right away
quick. Dr. Peterson Is doing what
he can to straighten out the afflicted
thumb and forefinger.
The third ticket men, whose call
for a meeting to send delegates to
the Philadelphia convention Thurs
day was handbllled through the
town Saturday noon, met In town
hall at 8 that night and named
Michael J. Hanlan and former Judge
James BIrdsall as their delegates.
There wasn't a heavy crowd In the
hall when the meeting was called
to order. There might have been
20 men, all told, that had collected
In response to the handbill call sign
ed by three preachers and six lay
men. The preachers were Rev.
George S. Wendell of the Baptist
church, who knows William H. Berry
personally and says he's all right;
Rev. Dr. W. H. Swift of the Presby
terian and Rev. A. L. Whittaker of
the Episcopal. Their names were
followed by those of William H.
Dlmmlck, J. W. Seaman, T. A.
Crossley, Earl Sherwood (Washing
ton lawyer), W. T. Butler and
Thomas Crossley.
Col. Dlmmlck was chairman and
he told the men in front of him
what they were there for. The Old
Democratic warhorse of half a cen-
(Contlnued on Page Eight).
The fire at the Rleflers' acid fac
tory at Tanners Falls came about
through the efforts of workmen to
loosen up the congealed tar In one
of the coals. Waste and rags sat
urated with oil were placed upon
top of the coll and ignited with a
view of softening up the tar and
residue in the coll and getting It to
How. The blaze of the oil-soaked
material was greater than expected
or Intended and It soon had the
sides and roof In Its embrace.
The Rlellors have always had tho
matter of fire protection In view and
Installed some time ago a pump and
several hundred feet of hose to meet
any such emergency. When the
whistle sounded the alarm for fire
the fire brigade of the factory and
nearby neighbors nssembled very
quickly and In a few minutes had
the apparatus in play and all dan
ger of any great conllagratlon was
soon dispelled.
The flames were very stubborn and
It required considerable work to
prevent their spreading, but Inch by
Inch the men gained tho mastery un
til after over an hour of hard
work the last vestige of Hro was ex
tinguished. Without the protection
that was nfforded by tho fire fighting
apparatus, both of the factories and
other buildings might have been de-
(Contlnued on Page Eight).
Sam Reed
Silas In Head
With Hoe Dur
ing Fight That
Ensued When
Silas and Will
iam Tried To
Stop SVSillard
and Sam Dig
ging Ditch Be
tween Proper
ty at Equinunk
Stories of the Interested parties
necessarily differ as to the melee of
July 12 In which Slke Lord received
his death wounds, but this much all
hands agree upon: Millard Lord and
Sam Reed were digging a ditch be
tween the Leona Lord and Slko
Lord properties In Equlnunk when
Slke and William Lord tried to stop
them and a fight ensued, la which
Sam pitched into Slke with a hoe and
struck him on the side and back of
the head.
William Lord says Sam Reed hit
his father with the hoe he had In
his hand. Millard, the son ot
Leona, Is equally strong In his state
ment, stuck to from the first, that
his mother had no pick in her hand
that day,' that she picked up a hoe
and was going to hit William with
it when Sam stepped up to the wom
an and took the hoe away from her.
The first reports ot what has turn
ed out to be a tragedy that got to
Honesdale were brought here the
night of July 13 by Floyd Lord.
Oakley Tyner, Millard Lord and Mrs.
H. J. Logan. The cousins came
here to get legal advice, and at that
time William saw O. L. Rowland and
Millard Lord saw W. H. Lee. Floyd
Lord was not at the house when the
fight took place. There were wild
reports In Honesdale that night to
the effect that Slke had as many as
25 holes in his head.
Sam Reed, as told in this paper
at the time, got away a few minutes
after he had knocked Slke out with
i tne noe. lie siimueu iu wic uu
of the Delaware, where there are
generally plenty of boats to be had,
and found a fellow who was willing
to row him to the New York side
of the river. The bridge to Lords
vllle is a good stiff mile away. Sam
knew better than to take a chanco
at the bridge.
"I'll give you 10 cents to take me
over into Sullivan county," said
The man with the boat wasn't a
10-cent man, and he took Sam over
Into York state for nothing. Sam
landed at Lordsvllle, where he has
friends, and that night It was a
Tuesday he slept In the railroad
tower. Next morning he was found
iu Lordsvllle or nearby by Leona
Lord, the womau he likes, and sho
told him, so the story goes, that
Slke wasn't much hurt and that it
would bo safe for him to come back
to Equlnunk and stay at her house.
Not knowing, in all probability, that
Sike was fatally hurt and that It
would bo a hazardous thing for
Slke's assailant to set foot on Wayno
county soil, Sam came back. He
went at once to Leona's house, and
It was there that Constable Harford
and his posse found the fugitive and
arrested him.
Sam had n hearing berore Justice
Kordman at Bleck's hotel In Equl
nunk that day and was committed
to jail without ball to see whether
Slke Lord lived or died. The fol
lowing Saturday Leona Lord and Mil
lard Lord were arrested by the same
constable and brought beforo the
same justice. Her ball was fixed at
I1G00 and his at JC00, and both
Mrs. Lord and her son wore nblo to
find a bondsman.
Leona and Millard Lord havo been
In Honesdale several times to see
their lawyers, W. H. Leo and Frank
P. Kimble, and Mrs. Lord has stead
ily declared she did nothing that day
save to defend her Bon agnlnst Wil
liam when William had Millard down
In tho ditch and was pounding him.
Slko Lord was very well known
In Honesdale. Ho was CO yearsqld
and In tho good old days of big
rafting on tho Delaware ho was a
famous raftsman and a man of
unusual strength and agility. Ho
weighed 190 pounds when In his
(Continued on Pago Eight)